I’ve always been attracted to rocks. So when a rock store opened in downtown Beaufort when I was a teen, I spent a lot of time reaching into the cool depths of the hematite display and marveling at the liquid plasma-like exterior of these mystical stones. As an adult, I purchased crystal guides to learn about their metaphysical qualities. However, when I go crystal shopping, I still choose my stones by what speaks to me instead of planning ahead of time what I am going to buy. This summer I bought a carnelian pendant from a beautiful Tibetan store in Fort Greene, Brooklyn called 21 Tara. The crystal called to me so of course I decided to buy it! The friendly shop owner told me that the stone is a carnelian.